September reads

September came and went and I had many things in mind aside from reading. I was busy with my social life, Korean dramas, and musical instrument. However, I still feel that I should’ve read more. For this month, I have finished reading only six novels, bringing me to almost half of my reading challenge for this year

I am going to give my short reviews and ratings for those books I have squeezed to leaf during my busy schedule. Let’s cut the chase and proceed!

1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Rating: 4/5

As I wanted to read at least one classic a month, I picked up this book in my TBR pile. I have started reading this when I was young, but got bored with the slow move of the plot. Now, I’m already 22 and I have finished reading it. T’was nothing fancy – a simple plot about a disagreeable and quite contrary child. However, it left me  something to ponder on: everything around us can be beautiful and alive depending on how we perceive them.

 2. Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

Rating: 4/5

I have been hooked in this series made by Adornetto. Starting with Halo, the story is about an angel, Bethany Church, sent to Earth together with her archangel brother and seraphim sister. They assumed earthly bodies to help ward off evils in the state and in nearby areas. While they were at it, Beth fell in love with a mortal guy who reciprocated what she felt. Together, they fought the forces that tried to separate them – whether in earth, hades, and in heaven.

I like this story because I think it is the only one of its kind where the angel gets to be a woman. I have read most series where the fallen angel is a man. A feminist myself, I rejoiced when I first laid my eyes on Halo, the first installment. As the last book of the trilogy, Heaven did not disappoint me in giving a story which is about faith, love, and sacrifice.

3. Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by  Andrew Shaffer aka Fanny Merkin

Rating: 4/5

This book is utterly hilarious! A parody of The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, the author wrote in details those things that are remarkable  in the series with a funny twist. Example, Anna’s lip biting mannerism turned out to be nose-picking, Grey’s oh so long fingers, the room of doom, etc. The story is still the same: Anna, an oblivious college student met a gazillionaire Earl Grey. He bought Walmart where she’s doing her part-time job only so she can go to Starbucks with him, and introduced her to his world of BDSM – Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick! LOL. It was too funny, especially for me who read the real Fifty Shades series. However, there was a bit of a lull as the story progressed. I am not sure whether there will be a second installment though.

4. To Marry a Prince by  Sophie Page

Rating: 3/5

I admit that I downloaded the ebook of this novel with the first reason that I liked the wedding dress the woman in the cover was wearing. Haha, sounds silly, I know. Anyway, this book was also included in the Lovely Tales of Modern Royals list in Goodreads so I decided that perhaps I would be safe reading this. It didn’t disappoint me. It was fun reading this light, romantic comedy. Reminds me of the movie The Prince and I.  I just wish I will meet my prince soon 🙂

5. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Rating: 4/5

Two days after this book was out, my colleague and I were really feeling antsy to get our hands on this book. Mitch Albom is really popular writing such moving, inspirational, and sometimes life-changing stories. I remember I was in high school when I first read The Five People You Meet in Heaven; I really changed my outlook in life thanks to Albom. Now, in his new novel, I have learned a lot of things again. I was taken into another story where others’ lives can be same as ours, and how their predicaments in life can reflect the same struggles we are facing. It made me realize that time is indeed important – that each moment, each second values a lot, and we must be aware on how to spend each of them wisely.

6. The Proposal by Mary Balogh

Rating: 3/5

I like historical romance so I won’t let my hunger for stories five centuries ago remained unfed. I admit this is the first novel I have read from the author and I think she writes well. The Proposal is the first book in her Survivors series which is about the seven survivors of the Peninsula wars and their trauma after that. Aside from the oh so many twists and descriptions which I think the novel can do without, I think that the book is okay. In fact, I like the way the author wrote this story where the woman was an aristocrat widow while the guy was a middle-class man. Yes, in the century we live in, social classes are not so important, but I understand that in the setting of the story the ranks in society matter a lot. I commend Balogh in writing a story where readers can feel the characters’ emotion in-depth: the guilt, compassion, trauma, and romance.

So those were the six novels I have finished during the month of September. I am excited for this month as I am currently reading The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.

Hmm. How many books can I finish for this month? Let’s wait and see! 🙂

How about you guys? Have a book read lately?

19 thoughts on “September reads

  1. I’ve been wanting to read The Time Keeper. It’s still a bit pricey though. =[ I’ve been wanting to read The Casual Vacancy as well, but even that is expensive since it’s a new release. I’ve been trying to make time for reading since I keep buying new ones. I have a goal of 30 books this year, and so far I’ve read 23!

    1. Oh, I feel for you. I want to sign up for reservation for JK’s new adult novel, but it’s expensive! T.T Well, congratulations to your almost finished reading challenge. I thought of that almost by the end of June, halfway of 2012. I challenged myself for 50 books for the remaining six months of the year. I still need to read 27 before the year ends! Haha

  2. *sigh* I need to find more time to read. I’ve been on a short story and essay kick lately so not too many books lately. I had an idea for a buddy read: “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” by Shirley Jackson.

    1. Oh, me too! Sometimes I don’t know what to do first: read, write something for my blog, watch movies, or play my guitar. Haha! Hmm, I googled that book and it looks interesting. Count me in! But I don’t have a copy of that novel T.T

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